Phase 1 trials test a new cancer treatment or drug which has already been extensively tested the laboratory. It is the first time the treatment will be used to treat people and usually involve a small number of patients. It aims to find out:
If the treatment is safe, it will then continue to the next phase and be tested in phase 2 trials.
Phase 2 trials include a larger group of patients and aims to find out:
If the results are positive the treatment will proceed to a phase 3 trial
Phase 3 trials include hundreds of patients, and aim to:
Phase 4 trials are carried out after a drug is shown to be effective and has been granted a license, and aims to determine:
Our well established Clinical Trials Unit here at Velindre Cancer Centre has been running since 1994. Working with Cancer Clinicians, we participate in over 200 national and international clinical trials, and have specialist research teams to cover most cancer sites.
If you would like any further information, please contact the Clinical Trials Unit on 02920 316222.